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What Makes a Compelling Story? The Secret Sauce Revealed

Posted in conflict in fiction, Creative Writing, creativity, Fiction, finishing your novel, genre fiction, how to complete a novel, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, literary devices, Literature, motivation for writers, novels, self publishing, Storytelling, Writing a novel, writing and creativity, writing life, writing mistakes, and Writing Tips

Bad Writing Sells With my market research hat on, I was trawling through book samples, reading the first chapter or two of top-selling, self-published, genre fiction on sale at the major online retailers. I wanted to discover what these books have in common that makes them sell. I…

Can You Make A Living as a Freelance Writer?

Posted in Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, discipline, Editors, Freelance writing, Getting published, living the dream, making a living as a writer, writing life, and Writing Tips

It’s Not About the Money, Money, Money Can you make a living as a freelance writer? Of course. I work from home in a room referred to as “the library”, “the study”, “the office”, “the den,” or just “Dad’s cave” depending on who’s speaking and in what context.…

Why Write a Blog? It’s Not About Money. It’s About…

Posted in blogging, creativity, writer's journal, writer's notebook, writing and creativity, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

Discovering What Your Blog is About This blog is relatively new at the time of writing. While I’ve owned the domain since 2015, it’s only over the past 12 months I’ve written here with any frequency. This is my 45th post. I’m still exploring the site’s identity and discovering what it…

The Life and Work of Hans Christian Andersen: Lessons for Writers

Posted in Books for Kids, childhood, Childrens Books, Classics, creativity, Culture, discipline, fairy tales, famous authors, famous writers, Learning to Write, Literature, living the dream, making a living as a writer, motivation for writers, writer biographies, writers, writing life, and Writing Tips

Hans Andersen: Poet, Novelist, Storyteller A recent writing commission for a private client involved researching the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen, author of the world famous fairy tales. I was delighted to be paid to revisit his stories and learn a little more of his biography.…

How Do Authors Create Suspense in Writing?

Posted in conflict in fiction, Fiction, genre fiction, how to write suspense, Learning to Write, suspense stories, thrillers and mysteries, Writing a novel, writing books, writing suspense, and Writing Tips

How to Write Nail-Biting Suspense in Fiction A reader has asked, “How do authors create suspense in writing? What’s the key to nail-biting tension in fiction?” I spent a long time asking myself the same thing. I also spent far too much time barking up all the wrong trees…

How to Get in the Zone: Writing and Creativity

Posted in Creative Writing, creativity, finding time to write, get in the zone, how to be a prolific writer, Learning to Write, mindfulness, motivation for writers, Productivity for creatives, transcendence, writing and creativity, writing life, and Writing Tips

Getting in the Zone Makes Writing Easy Some folks will tell you writing is easy. Others will tell you it’s damned difficult. Sometimes, the same writer will tell you both things at different times on the same day. Both are true. But all good writers will testify to…

Writing for Money: Writing for Love is the Key to Success

Posted in anxiety, Commercial Writing, Creative Writing, creativity, fear, Fiction, Freelance writing, Independent Publishing, living the dream, making a living as a writer, Productivity for creatives, Writing for Money, writing life, and Writing Tips

Should You Write for Money or Love? This business about writing for love or writing for money matters. It’s a cause of tension in my writing life; it’s a nagging concern which sometimes keeps me up at night; and it’s a burning question which I’ve answered in different…